Action Addict

Ok, I’ll admit it, I am an action addict.  It is the real reason why I find the need to simplify a challenge and so important.  For years, have been swinging from chaos and that spiraling, out-of-control feeling, to peace, simplicity and organization.  Back and forth.  I am just now seeing the pattern.  When life gets too hectic, I purge.  I drop out of my commitments, I disappear from social events and stop going to the gym.  I pull back from my activities and focus on slowing down and reconstituting some order in my life.  I stay home, I organize, I take naps, I look at magazines, read books and relax (well besides chasing my kiddos around and maintaining the home front.)  Then, when I feel refreshed, peaceful and confident, I slowly begin to add activities back again.  I pick up activities one by one until life is humming along again.

I seem to repeat this cycle several times a year.  At least I am getting better at realizing when I am on over-load and I know how to make quick adjustments.  Currently, I am in halt-all-external-activities mode.  Today, the house is finally clean and more organized than it has been in six, seven, or eight months.  I feel really good about it, like getting all the clutter removed has allowed me to take a big breath of air.  I have filled my lungs to capacity and I feel strong and energized again.  As I settle more deeply into this life of purpose and simplicity I will feel this way everyday! That’s my goal, along with about 100 other ones.  Here I simply go.

Reasonably Simple and the Backyard Chicken

It would be nice to go real simple.  Simple as in organic gardening or joining the revival for backyard chickens and cloth diapers.  I would love to have lettuce growing and fresh eggs to collect each day, but that may never happen.  I can see myself being perfectly happy in that environment but here is reality:  I live in a nice new neighborhood, enclosed behind a fancy metal gate, allowing in only the pre-approved.  It is in the desired part of town where the affluent young families live.  We never thought we would live here, but a foreclosure brought us in. Most people have pools in their backyards and if not pools, then patios, palm trees and water fountains.  There is a small park with swings, grass and quiet streets shaded by rows of Palo Brea trees.  It’s beautiful.  To my right and left the neighbors drive their Jaguars and Mercedes, (I won’t tell you what is in my own garage) and every other house has the soccer mom SUV.  I pay as much in HOA fees as I paid in rent when I was in college.  So chickens?  Never!  It won’t happen here, and we won’t be moving to an older neighborhood with hand-painted fenced yards and permissible livestock, either.

We have to be reasonable simple, and it will look different for everyone.  So right here, in north Scottsdale, I can find a way to live simply.  This is my own journey of discovering what simple and intentional living will look like in the society and era I have found myself in.